The Working Waterfront

Fisheries, science are subjects of talks on Maine coast

Penobscot East Resource Center schedules lectures in Bath, Topsham, Bar Harbor

Staff Writer
Posted 2015-07-06
Last Modified 2015-07-06

The nonprofit fisheries policy organization Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington is sponsoring (and co-sponsoring) three fisheries-related talks.


“American Catch” Wednesday, July 29 6:30 p.m.—Paul Greenberg At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor.

Paul Greenberg is a lifelong fisherman and has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, and GQ among other publications. Greenberg received both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. Greenberg, bestselling author of “Four Fish,” brings us “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.” Greenberg blends reportage, history, and advocacy in his new book. He organizes three chapters each around three species — the Eastern oyster, Louisiana brown shrimp, and sockeye salmon. Greenberg’s travels take him to New York’s Jamaica Bay for a dive; to the mangrove swamps of Vietnam, where shrimp farms dot the landscape; to the Gulf of Mexico and bayou country in the wake of the BP oil spill; to the vast salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, which face potential peril if a massive copper-mine project goes ahead. Greenberg proposes there is a way to break the current destructive patterns of consumption and return the American catch back to American consumers. For more information on Paul Greenberg please visit 


“Science, Lobstering, and Lobstermen”

Thursday, Aug. 13; Robin Alden: 2 p.m. at The Highlands, Topsham and 6:30 p.m. at Maine Maritime Museum, Bath.

Join Penobscot East Resource Center’s executive director Robin Alden for a talk about the history of the personal relationship between scientists and lobstermen, what that relationship will look like in the future – and why, and what projects her organization has in the pipeline. Alden was the Maine Commissioner of Marine Resources, was publisher and editor of Commercial Fisheries News and Fish Farming News, was the co-founder of the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, and is the recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council’s Marine Environment Visionary Award and the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Innovator Award.


“Are Alewives the Key to Rebuilding our Coastal Cod Stocks?”

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.; Ted Ames At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, co-sponsored by Schoodic Institute

In this public presentation co-sponsored by Schoodic Institute and Penobscot East Resource Center, MacArthur Award winner Ted Ames will discuss the historical links between alewives and the coastal populations of cod. He will explore what the alewife-cod connection implies for the impact of dam removal and river restoration to marine fish restoration in Maine.

Prior to the talk a Lobster Newburg dinner will be available for $28 each, BY ADVANCE RESERVATION only, in Schooner Commons at 6 pm. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. For reservations, visit “Events” at